The James Joseph Daly papers contain correspondence, writings, and personal papers documenting the life and professional activity of poet and playwright James Joseph Daly. Correspondence in the collection consists chiefly of incoming correspondence from writers, journal editors, publishers, and others, but also includes drafts and carbons of outgoing letters and writings and enclosures. Correspondents include Elizabeth Ames at Yaddo, Kenneth Burke, John Cheever, Padraic Colum, Malcolm Cowley at The New Republic, James T. Farrell, Robinson Jeffers, Alfred Kreymborg, Haniel Long, Archibald MacLeish, Henry Miller, Kenneth Rexroth, Lennox Robinson, and Thornton Wilder. Writings in the collection include drafts of plays, poems, and other writings, such as short essays, sketches, scenes of plays, reviews, notes, and school papers. Personal papers feature notebooks and material relating to the theater, including manuscript material, correspondence, and printed material, such as playbills and clippings.